According to the NY Times, Risa B. Heller, a spokeswoman for the Opera, said that the 70 year old performing arts group needs to raise $7 million by Monday to avoid a shutdown.
Rising costs over the years, along with tough labor negotiations, more indebtedness, and loss of ticket sales have forced the troupe into dire straights.
The company turned to Kickstarter a popular online funding platform to raise $1 million of the seven, but failed, raising just over $150 thousand with fewer than one thousand backers
The opera has only raised about $1.5 million and with an impending deadline of Monday, Sept. 30, it appears that Saturday night’s performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Anna Nicole” will be its last of the season. The three remaining scheduled productions, Johann Christian Bach’s “Endimione,” Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” and Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” will all be canceled.
In that case, as the colloquialism goes, it will all be over when the fat lady sings Saturday night, months before the planned finale.
But who knows, the New York City Opera that has given rise to greats like Plácido Domingo and Beverly Sills could pull off an Oracle comeback. Maybe Larry Ellison will make a large contribution. For the sake of the performing arts and the New York City Opera, let’s hope so!
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